Harlem Globetrotters

IMG_3229Sunday morning Feb 24, I got a message from a friend asking if we were doing anything that night. Seems he had some extra tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters at Žalgiris Arena and would we like them. My first impulse was to decline. We had no one to watch Monki and I really didn’t want to go alone. But then Rasa and I talked about it and said “why not take her along?” So I accepted the tickets and we suddenly had plans for the evening. Continue reading

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Drive past the cemetery, not into it.

automobile-automotive-car-1386649This week was filled with a couple of firsts for us. The first first was that my friend Dove bought herself a new car and we took her old one off her hands. This is our first car as a family and it’s a pretty big deal for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it means Rasa gets to drive again. Continue reading

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David Magazine – Books and Phones

49784200_2300385039995541_7246694938954432512_nCouple of pieces in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of David – Mine is called Cellphone Confidential, about the problematic relationship we have with our cellphones and other hand held technology, while Rasa makes her journalism debut with Reading in the New Year, a list of some of the best books from 2018 and a look ahead at 2019.

Enjoy the read!

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It’s been _____ days since our last accident

IMG_3045.jpgWell…we went 904 days without breaking the kid.

Today the counter resets.

Let me jump to the end here and say everything is fine, she’s okay (now), and there will be no lasting damage. With that said, today was a scary day.

This morning, Monki was running around, as she is wont to do. I had gone out to run an errand and had just come back home and Rasa was about to go out for an errand of her own and in that in-between time, the little one was running around and having a great time, laughing and yelling and hiding and being her normal self.  Continue reading

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19 Ways To Stay Close To Long-Distance Friends

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Living in a foreign country, one where few people speak your language (not just linguistically, but culturally as well) is not easy. It’s certainly led me to bouts of sadness and melancholy, and wishing I were closer to my friends back home. I’ve written about this before, I know, but now Buzzfeed has written a fun article which describes 19 Ways To Stay Close To Long-Distance Friends. Continue reading

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Beat the Backlist 2019 Hogwarts Mini Challenge | NovelKnight

I know I already posted my 2018 reading post, but I just came across this, over at NovelKnight, and feel, as a proud Hufflepuff, I have to participate as well. Come and join me – earn points for your house! Beat the Backlist 2019 Hogwarts Mini Challenge.

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2018 Year in Review

AdobeStock_219577534.jpegAnother one in the books…

Again, the year was marked with new and exciting things for all of us, including some new travel destinations and some interesting work things.

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Mars Gets Its First Typeface, Equivalent To ‘Helvetica’ On Earth – DesignTAXI.com

The new typeface is “ideal for way-finding and UI in the Martian colony.” As a font geek, I love this. And I like the font itself. Now just thinking of something I could use it on.

Source: Mars Gets Its First Typeface, Equivalent To ‘Helvetica’ On Earth – DesignTAXI.com

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Jaq’s Year in Books

Check out My 2018 Year in Books on Goodreads.

I didn’t do too bad this year. Originally, I had set my goal at 80 books, then upped it to 100. Eventually, I topped out at over 120.

Now here’s some interesting stats: Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol

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